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Music and the Mind: A Panel On Mental Health
24 May, Sydney
To open up discussion about mental health, APRA AMCOS and MusicNSW are bringing together a few people for a frank chat about maintaining a healthy – and creative – mind.

B4 U Play Funding Workshop
25 May, Melbourne
MAV and Music Victoria have teamed up to hold a series of free capacity-building workshops for emerging Victorian musicians.

Mark McKenna: On Music and Writing
25 May, Sydney
Exploring the relationship between music and the literary imagination, Mark poses some interesting questions. Why do some writers require music, and others need silence? Do particular kinds of music enhance particular kinds of writing? Can music improve our capacity for insight? And could there be parallels between various musical interpretations of the same score and historians’ different interpretations of the same document?

How to Rule the Music World
26 May, Sydney
In this workshop teachers and students are invited to take a look behind the scenes of the music industry and find out what it takes to become a hit-making songwriter, performer or producer.

Paul Rissmann, Composer, Pedagogue and Performer
25 May, Adelaide
This talk that will feature Paul Rissmann with other specialists exploring creativity in arts education. Paul Rissmann is a composer, presenter and music educationalist. He currently holds the position of Animateur with the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) and is Children’s Composer in Residence for Music in the Round.

RAV Arts and Education Program 2018 EOI’s
Applications close 29 May
EOI’s are now being accepted to be part of Regional Arts Victoria (RAV) 2018 Arts and Education Program.

TSO Australian Composers’ School
Applications close 29 May
The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra’s (TSO) Australian Composers’ School is a unique opportunity to experience an intense week of orchestral composition training. The aim of the Composers’ School is to seek out and develop talented composers who wish to hone their orchestral writing skills.

Australia Council Arts Governance Program
29 May – December, National
This is an opportunity for the leaders of arts organisations to enhance their governance practices through a program tailored specifically to the arts. There are two components of this program- a full day workshop for small-medium organisations, and a webinar series.

Maximising Your Audience: Making your work accessible to everyone
29 May, Sydney
This presentation will showcase organisations large and small who have pursued new audiences by continuing to make their work as open and accessible to everyone to engage with as possible.

Jackie Orszaczky Music Lecture
30 May, Sydney
Created to celebrate the life and work of the late Jackie Orszaczky. The guest lecturer will be John Shand – playwright, librettist, author, journalist, drummer and critic.

In Conversation with Christine Anu
2 June, Sydney
A night of music, memories and conversation with Christine Anu held within National Reconciliation Week.

FBi Radio, Blacktown Arts Centre and MusicNSW Present: Tracks
3 June, Sydney 
A music industry Q & A for aspiring hip hop artists based in Western Sydney.

Fine Music Appreciation – Music of the Classical Period
3 June, Sydney
This one day workshop will explore the music of the classical period, its structures and forms, its historical and social context, and its principal composers.

I Manage My Music Workshop
3 June, Melbourne
A one day workshop tailored for self-managed artists, held at Music Victoria.

Music NT’s Bush Bands Program
Applications close 8 June
MusicNT’s annual program to support Indigenous musicians is now open for applications.

Pathway to Platform: Making it in the Music Industry
10 June, Sydney
Presented by Music Love, this session is all about the different journeys that have led our four female panellists to success in the music industry and what you can learn from them.

Women In Electronic Music Masterclasses
17 June, Sydney
MusicNSW and Native Tongue Music Publishing Present a series of electronic music masterclasses with artists like Rainbow Chan, Moon Holiday and Buoy.

Drum Circle Facilitator Training
29 June – 1 July, Melbourne
Drum Circle Facilitator Training with the Legendary Arthur Hull. This three-day event will empower you to build a rhythm community while exploring the foundational elements of drum circle facilitation.

You’re The Voice
Registrations close 30 June 2017
Event Date 29 July, QLD
You’re The Voice is a pioneering choral project, encouraging Australians to unite their voices and turn the tide on domestic violence. The project will bring together thousands of singers from community, school and professional choirs as well as individuals from across the country to join forces in a monumental musical event.

WIRED Open Workshops Presents: Music For Little Ones
7 July, Jugiong
A hands-on music session for 2-6 year olds exploring body percussion, listening skills and more.

Australian Composition Seminar
24 or 25 July
Tickets are now on sale for the 2017 Australian Composition Seminar. Richard Gill, Karen Carey and Andrew Batt-Rawden present an astounding compositional development experience for high school Music 1 and Music 2 students in years 8, 9, 10 and 11. This year the seminar will feature Melbourne’s Plexus ensemble.

The Whole Song Workshops
29 July – 12 August
A series of songwriting workshops with performing artists Bonnie Hayes and Pat Pattison.

The Voice in Cinema Lecture
16 August, Melbourne
A performative lecture entitled The Voice in Cinema, tracing a history of the ‘acousmêtre’ – Michel Chion:term for the mysterious off-screen voice in cinema, through his own oeuvre and the works of Bresson, Lang, Syberberg, Spike Jonze and more.

Engaging Student with Disability (Creative Learning) Forum
18 – 19 August, Sydney
Exchange information, ideas and inspiration with industry experts and practitioners from the arts and disability network in this interactive two day forum for teachers, support providers and artists. This two day forum will not only fill you with ideas and provide you with skills, but will also incentivise collaborations between artists and schools. This is the forum for those passionate about working with students with disability or for teachers who want to learn some tried and tested technique.

BodyTune: Arms Hands Instrument
21 August, Sydney
BodyTune: Arms, Hands, Instrument teaches you about anatomical and biomechanics aspects of arm actions when playing instruments and conducting.

Geordie Brookman, Artistic Director State Theatre Company In conversation with Nicholas Carter, ASO Principal Conductor
4 September, Adelaide
In this talk Adelaide Symphony Orchestra(ASO) Principal Conductor Nicholas Carter and State Theatre Company Artistic Director Geordie Brookman will speak about how to marry the two art forms.

National Women Composers’ Development Program
17 – 18 October, Sydney
Participants will be mentored by several of Australia’s top women composers, as well as by members of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s outstanding composition unit.

Industry Connect
Throughout 2017

A new music program bringing music industry professionals to regional Queensland to help anyone interested in building a sustainable career in the music industry.

Cultural Infusion – Music of the Andes
Throughout 2017
This music program sees Inka Marka combine traditional Andean costumes, dance, musical performances and background information to deliver a music education package aimed at students.

Drug Aware YCulture Regional
Throughout 2017
This opportunity offers 12-26 year olds who live in regional Western Australia the chance to fund an arts idea that benefits their community. Projects must promote the Drug Aware message and contribute to the participants improving their artistic skills.

The Australian Conducting Academy Summer School
January 25 to February 2, 2018, Tasmania
Under the leadership of Course Director Johannes Fritzsch, who begins his three year appointment as the TSO’s inaugural Principal Guest Conductor in 2018, students will benefit from rehearsals with pianists as well as at least five orchestra calls with the TSO over the course of the school.


The Arts Units Learning Hub
Throughout 2017
The Arts Unit Learning Hub is a new online professional development platform for teachers across arts and literacy. It is free to all det and edu email holders and access can also be granted to other members of the education community on application.

Folk Music:
Australia Folk Blogspot – A terrific resource for folk enthusiasts  

Contemporary Music:
Anatomy Music Focused Podcast
– A collection of podcasts on Australian contemporary artist and music industry issues

Industry Advice:
Beyond the Stage Podcast

3MBS and Susan de Weger present Beyond the Stage podcast, 30 minute interviews with highly trained musicians who have built successful careers in law, medicine, business and social enterprise. These podcasts will share career stories on how music education is a unique and valuable training for career success in any industry.

Australian Audio Guide
A collaborative endeavour by The Wheeler Centre and Audiocraft, the Australian Audio Guide collates podcasts and radio programs on a variety of topics – food, live storytelling, arts and culture, nature and place, sound art, music, parenting, social issues, and the list goes on. The guide celebrates audio creations with regular interviews, features and listening suggestions.

The Place of Music in 21st Century Education
Open Online
What do children need from education now, and in the future? This five module course is not just for classroom or ensemble music educators. It’s suitable for anyone interested in creativity-infused education, in contemporary education issues, and in the integration and use of digital technology.

The Art of Wellness: Visual Arts and Health
Free online Course
The Art of Wellness: Visual Arts and Health explores personal and community health and wellness strategies using visual arts mediums. Each online module showcases the applied use of creative visual practices. The short course run by the University of Tasmania is designed to introduce you to a range of practices that promote focus and connectedness to ourselves, our relationships and the world around us.


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